August 2019 Summer Classic Auction
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The single highest graded example in the hobby. The only NM-MT 8 from the entire team issue, with none graded higher. Major League Baseball team issues from the 1950s and 1960s are notoriously challenging to find in high-grade condition. Printed on a thin paper stock similar to newspaper or magazine pages, this particular issue from 1955 was available in team sets for a quarter each at both stadium souvenir shops and through a mail order program. Both formats were extremely popular with fans young and old, who were eager to fork over their quarters for the keepsakes. The close-up portraits and large action shots engaged fans in a way that smaller Topps and Bowman baseball cards could not.

Due to their delicate paper stock, however, the act of simply removing the photos from their envelopes can easily create small dents or kinks in their surfaces as well as mildly touched or bumped corners and unsightly folds, making high-grade copies almost impossible to find. Indeed, to discover a Mint or Gem Mint copy today would almost certainly require that the card had never previously been handled.

Although we can't prove that it has never been circulated, the offered Jackie Robinson from 1955-57 certainly appears to be in virtually perfect condition. A few stray print dots and the mildest centering preference for the right border are all that prevent it from grading higher. As it is, however, the offered masterpiece is the single highest graded copy, not just of Jackie Robinson but of any player from the 1955-57 Brooklyn Dodgers Picture Pack Photos, a set filled with stars from the 1955 World Series Championship team, including a rookie southpaw named Sandy Koufax. In addition to its condition and its scarcity, this is a special item for Jackie Robinson collectors because it postdates Jackie's 1956 Topps card as the last issue to feature the American icon during his playing career. Special for several reasons, this important piece is worthy of your strongest consideration and deserves prominent placement in an advanced collection.
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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $737
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
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